In the western part of the Andalucía region, Seville is one of Spain’s most iconic cities. The city has more than a few hints of its Moorish past, as evident in the La Giralda bell-tower, one of Seville’s greatest landmarks. Gothic-era architecture can be found here, too – the Cathedral is probably the finest example – making Seville a great place for people who want to see the real Spain.
Seville is known for being one of Europe’s hottest cities. In July, the average high temperature is over 35°C, while the annual average daily high is only 10 degrees lower. Basically, when you come to Seville or any other part of Andalucía, the best thing to do is bring some shorts, a protective hat and some suntan lotion!
Seville has a good road network, but getting around away from the main motorways and dual-carriageways is tricky in a bigger car. A supermini should be sufficient for the job.
The Cathedral of Seville is believed to be one of the biggest in the world. Its sheer size and beauty is enough to captivate any visitor, while tours of the cathedral grounds are available. Remember to bring your camera!
Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville’s Jewish Quarter, is based around the cathedral. Popular with tourists, it’s one of the most picturesque parts of the city because of the winding streets and walkways. It’s also a good place to shop or grab a bite to eat.
Football is hugely popular here. The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan is home to Sevilla FC, while Real Betis play in the Estadio Benito Villamarin. Derby fixtures between the two clubs are intense and exciting to watch because of their fierce rivalry.
The Museo de Bellas Artes on Plaza del Museo is seen as one of Spain’s most important homes of fine art. Converted from a mercy Covent, it showcases art through the ages created in Seville, while the square is home to an open-air market on Sundays.
Traffic in the centre of Seville can be heavy during rush hour. Using the SE-30 Ring Road to get to the suburbs is the best route to use if caught up in traffic.
Seville’s main tourist information centre is on the Plaza del Trufino. It’s open on weekdays except for bank holidays.
If planning to visit several museums in a day, the Sevilla Card is worth buying. It gets you into most venues for no extra fee.
Seville Airport is the main airport here. It‚Äôs around three miles northeast of the city centre and has one main terminal. Flights come here from across Europe, especially the UK and France. Four million passengers come through here annually.
The airport is alongside the A4 and E5 roads which link to a main route into the centre of Seville. It‚Äôs also close to the Ronda Supernorte road.